The Only Two Things You Need When Flying With a Baby

June 24th, 2011

Are you terrified of embarking on an airplane trip with a baby?  Do you break out in a cold sweat at the mental image of sitting in a sea of judgmental strangers while your infant screams and throws Cheerios?  

Fear not.  I am here to help.  If you ever do have to fly with a baby, you only need to pack two things to ensure a pleasant trip: a magazine and some curling ribbon.

Yes, friends, that’s it.  No need to shell out big bucks on fancy baby toys to cram into a diaper bag the size of a small country, just bring along a pretty, glossy magazine (don’t worry about the contents — your infant can’t read) and some curling ribbon and your small passenger will be happily entertained for hours.

In fact, you don’t even need to bring the magazine with you. On a recent trip to see my parents, Buggie happily shredded the AirMall shopping catalog for an hour straight, talking to himself and grinning madly.  We also discovered he had a serious fondness for crinkling wrapping paper and playing with ribbon, so I made him a little toy with several sets of curled ribbon stuck to a piece of leftover gift wrap.  He was in heaven.

This post is part of Frugal Fridays over at Life as Mom.  Check out the post today on “What to Do with a Lot of Money!”

One response to “The Only Two Things You Need When Flying With a Baby”

  1. Isa says:

    Oh, man. That kid and his wrapping paper. I don't think I've ever seen anyone so happy and engrossed as I did that day with Buggie while he crumpled and uncrumpled the wrapping paper his toy came in. Glad to hear he's discovered the joys of ribbons, too! Maybe one day you'll have some help with all of the gift-wrapping :)

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